Goverment works to ensure safety of south africans in Mozambique

South Africa is concerned about the security situation at Cabo Delgado in the northern part of Mozambique, and remains seized with the safety of South Africans in that province. Against this background, the South African National Defence is providing support to the South African High Commission with regard to the repatriation of those South Africans who may wish to return. Government can confirm that, with the exception of one person who died tragically in violence, more than 50 South Africans who were reported missing through the South African High Commission in Maputo have been accounted for. On 30 March, the South African Air force repatriated the body of the deceased together with his family. The South African National Defence Force continues to provide logistical support to the South African High Commission in Maputo with regard to consular services, including repatriation. This is the extent of the engagement of the South African National Defence Force in Mozambique. South Africa looks forward to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika meeting that has been called by the President of Botswana, His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi. President Masisi will convene this meeting next week in his capacity as Chairperson of SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, and it is occasioned by the ongoing insurgency affecting the Province of Cabo Delgado in the northern part of Mozambique. The meeting provides an important platform for regional engagement on measures to be taken to resolve in the security challenges confronting the Republic of Mozambique. South Africa as a member of SADC, will participate in the meeting with a view to assist in the development of a solution that will secure peace and continued development in Mozambique. 2 South Africa reiterates its full support to all attempts by SADC and AU that seek to silence the guns and realise peace and stability on the continent, including in Southern Africa. As a matter of principle, South Africa supports multilateral efforts to respond to the situation in Mozambique. South Africa will be guided by the outcomes of this meeting on how it can assist to stabilise the situation in Mozambique.

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